God made us to be awesome, but it doesn't always feel that way does it? Problems block our path and trap us. Often, one of our biggest obstacles isn't outside of us, but within us.
As Christians, we are directly called by Jesus, through the beatitudes, to take care of the less fortunate. So often we make excuses to avoid this. When was the last time you regretted giving someone a gift?
Although meditation originated from the Eastern traditions, it is integrated into many religious traditions around the world. For a Christian, meditation is about pausing to get God's mind in the situation.
I bristle against the word "survivor" when it is used to describe the violence and sexual abuse I endured in my childhood and teen years. "Survivor" is a kind of blanket misnomer for those who suffer all trauma. The word is just another unwanted marking for me.
So by giving up chocolate, sweets, alcohol, or social media for the 40 days of Lent, we can increase our powers of self-control and then exercise those powers in other realms of life where perhaps we struggle with such control.
Gone from Wheaton College is Larycia Hawkins. This is a controversial decision. A sad one, too. And the decision has stirred up a wasp's nest of blogoversy. I just read J. R. Daniel Kirk's angry post. I am appalled -- but not for the reasons you may think.
It sickens me to see so-called Christians act with clear bigotry and hatred in their everyday dealings. Christ has called us to love everyone as you love yourself. Why is that such a difficult concept for so many of us?
After New Hampshire The Evangelical Seduction Interruptus Already in Iowa the evangelical movement toward Donald Trump was underway, for bet...
After New Hampshire The Evangelical Seduction Interruptus Already in Iowa the evangelical movement toward Donald Trump was underway, for better or...
Justin Lee, a Christian LGBTQIA+ activist, is the founder of the Gay Christian Network and is the author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate. I had the pleasure of interviewing him recently.
It seems that being single in the church is a difficult situation these days. Many churches have made marriage and family somewhat of an idol. There have probably been millions of sermons delivered on dating, courting, marriage, waiting for marriage, etc.
Rome was not built in a day, nor were the rights of its women. In a milieu of exploitative social systems, it is reassuring to find women that Rome deemed worthy of some spiritual cultivation.
Dealing with a LGBTQIA+ identity within any of the segments of Christianity is rarely, if ever, easy. There are an ever-growing number of writers publically addressing the dissonance many feel within the church. This is a part of a series of profiles of those courageous people furthering the conversation.
Almost nothing is quite as fruitless as trying to attain a better past. Yet, it is something so many of us attempt to attain on a daily basis. What has already occurred has happened and no amount of regret is going to change it.
Lent, for me, is not about (and has never been about) sacrifice or penance or appeasing some unexamined heritage. It's about interrogative love, passionate justice, and learning how to wonder again in the midst of all the awful, awful sadness. It's about asking how beauty might occur in the midst of our fragile, decaying lives.
We must see people as planets as opposed to seeing them as our moons. We tend to have a very egocentric view of ourselves, considering others as only ...